Census to be conducted from 1-21 April, 2020

Skopje, 1 June, 2018 - 19:32 (META) 

The population census will be conducted from 1 to 21 April in 2020. Approximately 5,000 census enumerators will be engaged in the field, and this time round, officials will use combined methods, not solely using only field data, but also data from registers. Operational costs are estimated at 8.5 million euros.

This information was given by the director of the State Statistical Office, Apostol Simovski in an interview with MIA, where he expressed regret that the 2011 census was unsuccessful and that they as an institution will carry the failure as a burden.

“Because we are celebrating 73 years of the existence of the State Statistics Office in the Republic of Macedonia, it is with great regret I conclude that what we were perhaps most infamous for in this country – conducting an inventory, in 2011 we were not able to accomplish. Whatever the reasons were, we will carry this burden for a long time. I hope that with the implementation of the new census, we will be able to prove that we are the institution to conduct such a statistical survey and that we were least at fault for the failure of the previous census. We must admit to some guilt. That guilt was because we allowed access for politics to enter the census. It’s something we can not afford to happen; at least while I am here, I can say that this will not happen. There may be all sorts of attempts, but we will make sure it won’t reoccur, rather it will be what it should be – a statistical operation and nothing more, says Simovski in the interview.

In addition to the combined data collection, the census will not be conducted with paper questionnaires, but the field census will be carried out on computers.
Simovski emphasizes the importance that it is done in a such a way, meaning this way the final data, will be available in a much shorter time, instead of waiting 18 months to two years.

The prosecution are asking for documentation from institutions for the criminal case against Vangelovski

Skopje, 10 October, 2017 - 18:31 (META) 

The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office Skopje requested “data and documentation” from the institutions regarding the criminal charges that were recently submitted against the president of the Supreme Court, Jovo Vangelovski, to the Council for Fact-Finding and initiating a procedure for determining responsibility for a judge, said the Public Prosecutor’s Office for “Meta”.

The council filed the criminal charges on September 28th, after two weeks earlier, when Mr Vangelovski did not allow members of the commission investigating the circumstances of the escape of Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boskovski to enter the Supreme Court and to inspect the case files from the “Target” and “Fortress” cases.

The commission that founded the Council should determine whether the judges from the Criminal, Appeal and Supreme Court, who decided on the requests for detention of the SPO, violated procedure and provided the former head of the fifth administration, Goran Gruovski, and Nikola Boskovski, an employee in UBK, to flee the country.

Janeva can not confirm whether the materials confiscated from Pancevski lead to Ivanov

Skopje, 6 October, 2017 - 14:28 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office started with an analysis of the materials seized during yesterday’s searches of the offices and the homes of Judge Vladimir Pancevski and two IT employees employed by the court, stated today Special Prosecutor, Katica Janeva.

The Special Prosecutor said that the seized material were handed over to the Ministry of Interior’s expert unit, but did not disclose details of yesterday’s search at the Basic Court Skopje 1, because, as she added, the data are still being analyzed.

“Our teams and the police met regarding the searches last night.Today and yesterday everything which was taken is being compiled and everything will be submitted to the Prosecution. I think what we asked for and found in the homes we took. Whether it is all we need, I can not say”, said Janeva, who today attended the debate “Couple in favor of the defendant – guilty beyond reasonable doubt”, organized by the Association for Criminal Law and Criminology of Macedonia and the OSCE Mission to Skopje.

Responding to a journalist question whether the data obtained from the former president of the Criminal Court in Skopje, Vladimir Pancevski, suggested that there was information from the court about the president of the state, Gjorge Ivanov, before his decision concerning the mass pardons in April, has been reported from the court. Janeva stated that she can not comment because the data is still being analyzed.

“I can not confirm anything because at this time, the data that was taken away is still being analyzed. Once the analysis is completed, you will be notified. I saw the articles on social networks, I can not confirm it at all, it’s just speculation and assumptions”, said Janeva.
The SPO, as Janeva announced yesterday, conducted a personal search with a court order on Vladimir Pancevski’s and with another court order all his data from the computer system for the deployment of cases in the Basic Court Skopje were confiscated.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office is conducting a pre-trial procedure and they suspect that Pancevski appointed judges to receive certain cases from the SPO. They also suspect that he has given official secrets to persons outside the court.

BIRN: Foreign Investors invested seven times less than what was announced

Skopje, 23 January, 2017 - 12:10 (META) 

Foreign investors invested seven times less than what was announced and there are three times fewer jobs than promised, shows the database “Foreign investment under scrutiny” prepared by the journalistic team BIRN Macedonia.

The survey looked at 138 investments which were announced or promoted by the government from 2007 to 2016. It shows that 43 foreign investments were not realized nor did they fall through, which is almost a third of the total number of investments in the database.

Data emerging from BIRN’s research show that only four foreign companies that invested in the country, invested as much money as promised, and the rest invested significantly less or did not invest at all.

SPO: With assistance from the outside expert from “Ericsson” we have seized all data from UBK

Skopje, 28 October, 2016 - 22:51 (META) 

With the assistance from the outside expert from the Swedish company “Ericsson”, today, from the auxiliary servers from the Administration of Security and Counterintelligence (UBK), the Special Public Prosecution confiscated all the data required by the court order.

This afternoon, the SPO announced that as soon as the confiscated data is further analyzed, the findings will be “shared with the public in due to time”.

“Today, with the help of an outside expert provided by the manufacturer of the auxiliary servers that are owned by the telecom operators, and are physically located in the Administration of Security and Counterintelligence (UBK), we seized all of the data of the other servers in accordance with the court order. We would like to clarify that the case is still a preliminary investigation and at this point we are unable to provide further information. All seized data will be analyzed and our findings will be shared with the public in due time”, said a statement from the SPO.

SEC: Field checks in their final phase

Skopje, 3 April, 2016 - 21:12 (META) 

Field checks which have been carried out on questionable voters by all departments of the State Election Commission (SEC) are in their final phase, announced the SEC this evening. They added that at present, the Commission is focused on inputting and processing the data from the questionnaires into a single electronic application.

The State Election Commission, in a statement rejects the information published by some of the media that they had deliberately stalled field checks as completely untrue.

“All members of the State Election Commission and its professional services, are fully committed and devoted to completing the field checks on time”, say the SEC.

Today the SEC will test its systems, and from tomorrow they start cleansing the Voters’ List

Skopje, 17 February, 2016 - 15:18 (META) 

The State Election Commission today will run tests on the system designed to cross-check data, and from tomorrow will begin the procedures for cleansing the Voter’s Lists. Subhi Jakupi, a member of the SEC informed the public that from the provided data from 10 relevant institutions they will make an assessment which will last a few days, and then be followed up by a test-run in the field so as to verify it works.

“Tomorrow we will start by cross-checking the data and then see how many disputed names appear on the list. We are doing our utmost to finish our work, because we have a deadline for when it is required to be prepared” said Jakupi.

Three IT companies will undertake the cross-checking of the data, two of the companies are Macedonian, while the third is from the USA. At this point in time there are 1,804,000 voters registered on the Electoral Roll, however, we will know the exact figure after the cleansing of the lists.

By the end of this week, the SEC will begin to cleanse the voter’s list

Skopje, 10 February, 2016 - 18:45 (META) 

“Meta” has learnt that by the end of this week, or at the latest, by Monday, the SEC will begin to cleanse the voter’s list. Sources from the State Election Commission (SEC) said ” preparations are coming to an end and in the coming days we will start checking”. SEC members last week adopted the decision on cross-checking the data with 10 data-bases from 10 different institutions, these include the Health Insurance Fund, the Pension Fund, the Public Revenue Office (PRO), the National Bank, the Public Estate Agency, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy among others. On February 2, the SEC adopted the rules on the methodology for full access, for changes and deletions of data in the voters list.

SEC: The Electoral Roll will be cleansed in facilities which block radio frequencies

Skopje, 4 February, 2016 - 18:44 (META) 

The aim and task of the State Election Commission is to conduct elections under the Constitution and by laws of the state, and the results to be recognised and accepted by all candidates, contestants and citizens said the SEC Chairman Aleksandar Chicakovski at today’s press conference .
Chicakovski added that the SEC are doing everything  in the power to make the electoral roll into something everyone has confidence and believes in, and that there is no wrong data.
He added that he still does not know when the cross-checking will start of the list, because so far they have signed a memorandum of cooperation with only four state institutions. The SEC Chairman said he had prepared internal procedures to protect personal information. Also, they have engaged five IT consultants, four of which are appointed by political parties and an international expert, who is to be the team leader. Chicakovski says that they have facilities where they can carry out such inspections. He said that the facility has a built in system for information security, surveillance and the technology to block radio frequencies.

SEC to use date-bases of 13 institutions to cross-check electoral roll data

Skopje, 21 January, 2016 - 22:29 (META) 

The State Election Commission (SEC) at tonight’s session adopted a decision to use the cross comparison of data, and to use the databases of 13 institutions, including the Health Insurance Fund, Pension (PIOM), Public Revenue Office (PRO), the National Bank, Land Registry, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and others.

The meeting of the SEC, which was scheduled for 17:45 pm, ended in just ten minutes.

At the meeting it was determined that this year the SEC will require finances of an excess of 8 million euros, most of which will be allocated for the preparation and implementation of the early parliamentary elections.

“The State Election Commission at its session held on January 21, 2016 adopted the Report of the SEC for work undertaken consistent with Article 153-a of the Electoral Code and the decision to adopt the annual plan for the total needs for procurement in 2016, the SEC – program budget 20. The members of the State Election Commission unanimously adopted the procedure for the use and processing of personal data when conducting cross-checks between various databases and records as well as the Memorandum of cooperation with the OSCE Mission in Skopje”,said the statement from today’s session at the SEC.